India will face West Indies in the 2nd T20I of the three-match series on Friday, February 18 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The home side picked up a comfortable win by six wickets in the opening clash to lead the series by 1-0.
Rohit Sharma-led Team India had clean swept Windies in the ODI series. They replicated their brilliance in the opening clash of the T20I series as well. They are eyeing to make it two in a row. They were missing some regular starters but that did not keep them away from tallying the victory.
Ravi Bishnoi’s maiden international outing on Wednesday was impressive. Bishnoi changed the complexion of the match by taking out Roston Chase and Rovman Powell in the same over, taking the ‘Player of the Match’ award.
India T20I Squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Surya Kumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Ravi Bishnoi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Deepak Hooda, Kuldeep Yadav and Harpreet Brar.
Speaking about West Indies, their batting has not been up to the mark. They could not manage to resist the bowling offense of the hosts. They have been bundled out on multiple occasions in the ODI series. Kieron Pollard and Co. will need a collective effort to square the series and register their first win on the tour.
On the positive note, their spinners, Akeal Hosein and Fabian Allen, managed to trouble the Indian batters in the chase of 158 in the opening clash and will be eyeing to do the same in the second game.
West Indies T20I Squad: Kieron Pollard (captain), Nicholas Pooran (vice-captain), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Brandon King, Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Kyle Mayers, Hayden Walsh Jr.
Waging Odds: India (1.30) VS West Indies (3.25)
India is the favorite and is priced at 1.30 meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹130.
On the other hand, West Indies are the underdogs and priced at 3.25 meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹325.
Windies need to answer back and that is their only chance in the second game. They will be trying to salvage a win to avoid a disappointing tour. However, the hosts will try to carry on with their momentum and continue their dominance with a win.
Prediction: India to win the match.